Career in Shipping Management

MBA in shipping management is usually taken up by the aspirants who are willing to travel and work on shore. Read the article to know what it holds for you.

Created On: Jul 5, 2014 10:07 IST

Shipping management is one of those courses which helps in the field of international trade and commerce and it essentially comes under the belt of Logistics and Supply chain.

If we talk on a global level, almost 85-90 % of the world’s trade is committed to be done through the sea routes thereby making this particular segment very important and utmost considerable.

Management of the ports and the ships on one hand and all the staff and shipping activities on the other hand becomes very mandate for a finely tuned and justified proceeding of the transportation and enactment of the trade and commerce among nations.

Activities to be taken care of under Shipping Management:

  • Movement of ships
  • Loading and unloading of ships
  • Maintenance of cargo and other freight items
  • Custom activities
  • Human resource management

Career prospects:

The study of Shipping Management comes with a very distinguished and unique career prospects with an obvious highly paid job and respectful position thereby making the overall status of the candidate very perfect and appreciable. The various positions that one can entitle for are :

1. Ship manager

2. Port manager

3. Port captain

4. Merchant officer

5. Dockyard service inspector etc.

Courses offered:

The various courses at the Post graduate level for Shipping Management offered are as follows:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping Management.
  • MBA in Shipping and Port Management.
  • MBA in Logistics and Port Management
  • Diploma in Transport, Logistics and Economics.

Institutes for the courses:

The best Institutes which provide the courses to be studied in Shipping Management are:

a) Indian Institute of Logistics, Chennai

b) Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

c) JK Business school, Gurgaon

d) National Institute Of Business Management, Chennai

e) Academy of Maritime Engineering and Training, Chennai

f) Indian Institute Of Materials Management, Maharashtra

g) All India Institute of Management Studies, Chennai

h) The Institute of Business Management, Darbhanga

And a few other Management colleges are there which provide the courses of Post Graduation in Shipping Management.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for taking admissions depends from college to college and hence is flexible. Though a compulsion is obviously there that a candidate needs to be a first class graduate from a recognized Indian University or college and he must have scored well in the entrance exam for National Level Entrances like CAT, MAT, XAT, C-MAT. Besides , IIFT, New Delhi, conducts a separate entrance test and interviews for the intakes.

Job Prospects:

With an ever increasing demand and importance of International Trade and commerce, the need for managerial skilled employees and managers in this field has tremendously grown upwards. Both the Government as well as the Private Agencies are looking for such professionals.

Shipping companies, Agency Houses, Export-Import companies, Major Ports, Railways and Defense Sectors require such potential candidates.


The pay-offs are generally on a higher side ranging between Rs25000- Rs30000 per month initially and it increases substantially in times to come.

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